International Beard Day was celebrated by many Rose City men.
International Beard Day was celebrated by many Rose City men.

Celebrating whiskers

ABRAHAM Lincoln, Santa Claus and Jesus all had them, and so do a great many Rose City men.

And if you’ve got one, want one or are trying to grow one, today is International Beard Day so it’s time for you to celebrate.

The Daily News stopped by King Street Barber Shop yesterday where a queue of bearded beauties were waiting to trim up their facial fuzz.

Eileen Rose has been taking care of local facial hairstyles for about 28 years, so she knows a thing or two about what men want.

“We get men, both young and old, that come in to get their beards trimmed,” she said. “With the younger men they tend to want goatees more than full beards.”

Ms Rose said she didn’t think the number of men with beards in Warwick had changed and she still does around four or five a week. From a personal point of view, she’s an avid fan of the beard.

“I like beards, I’m not sure why but I always have. I enjoy cutting them, that might be why I like them,” she said.

“I think if they’re well trimmed they can look pretty good, but not if they’re all over the place.”

According to research, Ms Rose’s penchant for facial hair goes against the grain with some figures suggesting up to 72 per cent of women saying they prefer the clean-shaven look.

Bearing in mind the research comes from electric shaver company Philips, it suggests 43 per cent of women say a good shave makes a man look sexier and one in four find the “designer stubble” look to be a big turn off.

Only one in 10 of the women surveyed felt positively about beards and moustaches and apparently the preferred style of beard varies from state to state.

Victorian women like stubble, South Australians like a trimmed beard or moustache, while Queenslanders go for the full on facial hair.

Twelve per cent of women surveyed say the reason they like their man shaving is because they get to use the razor.

But when it comes to biggest turn-offs, 56 per cent of women say they dislike shaving because men leave the bathroom basin dirty and 35 per cent say it scratches their faces when kissing.


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